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'Be Tire Smart' over the holiday weekend, the RMA says

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The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) is urging motorists to check their tires before getting in their cars and driving to their Labor Day holiday destinations.

According to a public opinion study conducted by the RMA, only one in three drivers checks tire pressure before heading out on a long road trip with a fully loaded vehicle.

The RMA is recommending drivers:

* Check tire pressure once a month, and before every long trip.

* Don't overload the vehicle (check the vehicle manufacturer's recommendations for load requirements on the placard on the vehicle's doorpost or in the owner's manual).

* Check the condition of the tires' tread and sidewalls.

For additional information on tire safety, the RMA suggests visiting Web site www.rma.org.

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